- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; Ill edition (10 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500051747
- ISBN-13: 978-0500051740
- Product Dimensions: 2 x 0.2 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Pharaoh: Life at Court and on Campaign Hardcover – 10 Sep 2012
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Beautiful … lively and authoritative. --Current World Archaeology
Lively and colourful ... all set within a clear historical framework --Minerva
Another well-presented Thames & Hudson volume that will take its place alongside the well-established Clayton and Tyldesley Chronicles ... a great introduction to the history of dynastic Egypt --Ancient Egypt
You know you're in for a feast of words and pictures whenever you open a Thames & Hudson book, and this latest title is no exception --Eastern Daily Press
In short, a must for the bookshelf of any level if Egyptology student, a book both easily readable and attractive to the eye, well up to the standards we have come to expect from Thames & Hudson. Highly recommended. --Scottish Pharaonic
Attractively produced, with many colour illustrations that complement the text well, and will provide a useful introduction for the novice--Egyptian Archaeology
In the Pharaoh - Life at Court and on Campaign, Gary J. Shaw provides a good over-view of the rulers themselves, exploring with excellent illustrations the pharaoh's role as law-giver, husband, judge, priest, builder and warrior. --The Post (Liverpool), Birmingham Post
About the Author
Garry J Shaw was born in 1981 and grew up in St. Helens, UK. He studied archaeology and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, and afterwards moved to Egypt to teach for the American University in Cairo. He has lectured in the UK, Egypt, and Canada, appeared in documentaries, and currently teaches classes on Egyptian history, kingship, and mythology for the Egypt Exploration Society, London.
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This is a very useful and extremely readable survey of the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, containing both a history of the Pharaohs and much interesting information on the position of the Pharaohs in Egyptian society and their daily life, from details about the coronation and burial to sleeping arrangements and pets. It usefully contains a section on the post New Kingdom period which is often not covered very fully. There is a helpful appendix giving the names, dates and dynasties of the Pharaohs and the book is very fully and well illustrated. It is a most helpful guide both for the specialist and the general readers.
Beginning with an introductory chapter covering the concept of pharaonic kingship, and a summary of dynastic history from 3100BC up to the end of the Late Period c. 332BC (the ‘Last Pharaohs’ are given their own chapter at the end of the book), we follow in the footsteps of Pharaoh.
Themed chapters explore life as a royal heir, a pharaoh’s daily events and activities (including waking and dressing, morning audiences, rituals and festivals, banquets and sports), life on military campaign, the royal cities, and death and burial. Every action of the king, no matter how mundane, was an important ritual organised by high officials such as the “Overseer of every royal breakfast”. These men would preside over the daily ceremonies, beginning with a procession out of the royal bedroom to the private bathroom for a shower, followed by manicure, shaving, moisturising and anointing.
There are some assumptions made, possibly to aid the flow of the narrative, for example that the queen who wrote to the Hittites asking for a prince to marry was Ankhesenamun, and that this prince was murdered en route, but elsewhere uncertainties are alluded to, as in the case of Tutankhamun’s death, which is “perhaps” the result of malaria and an infected leg. The final chapter ends with Diocletian, a discussion over whether or not he can be considered the last pharaoh, and how in spite of his persecution of the Christians, the Coptic calendar continues his regnal years to this day.Read more ›
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I read the book and it was great.There is certainly in depth information on the lives of pharaohs unlike any other books. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2012 by Mukthadir Ali